Borussia Dortmund manager Peter Bosz is not comfortable with addressing Real Madrid as Champions League favourites despite his side's 3-2 loss to the Spanish giants at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.
Dortmund struggled to level the early 2-0 goal deficit to 2-2 but were
finally edged by the two-time defending champions and the match ended in a 3-2 scoreline kicking the German side out of the race.
"After today's game, I don't know if it is possible to say that Real Madrid are
to win the Champions League," Bosz said during his news conference.
"They were not very strong tonight.
"Although, it is true that they rested many players and they are one of the favourites
Dortmund will turn their attention to the Europa League after finishing third in the group, 11 points behind second-placed Madrid and 14 adrift of table-toppers Tottenham.
"We wanted to continue in the Champions League," Bosz added. "Now we will put everything we have into the Europa League.
"When the injured players return we'll improve. We still have to improve our level of performance, today went very badly. We showed at times that we can play football very well."
Bosz did single out Aubameyang, who has long been linked with a move to Madrid, the Dutchman hopeful of keeping the Dortmund star.
"He isn't a player for Madrid... I'm joking of course," he said. "He has shown many times what a great player he is.
"He has speed and scores a lot of goals; I hope he will stay with us for many years."